Chained For Life (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Aaron Schimberg
Available Date : 01/07/2020
Release Year : 2019
Running Time : 91
UPC : 738329241957
Country : U.S.
Language: English
Subject : Disability, Gender & Sexuality, Film Studies, Social Work
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Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism. In a deft tragicomic performance, Jess Weixler (Teeth) plays Mabel, a movie star “slumming it” in an outré art-horror film being shot in a semi-abandoned hospital. Cast opposite her is Rosenthal (Under the Skin's Adam Pearson), a gentle-natured young man with a severe facial deformity. As their relationship evolves both on and offscreen, Schimberg raises provocative questions about cinematic notions of beauty, representation, and exploitation. Tod Browning crossed with Robert Altman crossed with David Lynch only begins to describe something this startlingly original and deeply felt. – BAMcinemaFest

Product Extras :

Audio commentary with director Aaron Schimberg
Deleted Scene
Interviews with actors Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, and Sari Lennick
Theatrical trailer

Publish Date : 2019-12-10
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  • Aaron Schimberg - Director
  • Jess Weixler - Actor
  • Adam Pearson - Actor
  • Charlie Korsmo - Actor
  • Sari Lennick - Actor
  • Stephen Plunkett - Actor


“Critic’s Pick! An inventive hall of mirrors… that keeps finding ways to upend its characters’ — and viewers’ — perspectives. Odd, darkly funny and — when it means to be — a little frightening.”

"Extraordinary. A cinematic revolution."

"Humane and transgressive, an American indie of unusually big ideas and aesthetic ambition."

"Bizarre and beautiful. Leaves us on thrillingly shifty ground."

"Mesmerizing. A remarkable mind trip of a movie sure to leave audiences reeling."

"Razor-sharp. Mesmerizingly close to the sensation of a waking dream."

"An intoxicating whirlwind of ideas, spectacularly moving and entertaining. Chained for Life could be a defining film about representation for any group that Hollywood marginalizes."


Official Selection – BAMcinemaFest

Official Selection – Fantasia Festival

Best Narrative Feature – New Orleans Film Festival

Best Narrative Feature – Florida Film Festival

Official Selection – BFI London

Official Selection – Fantastic Fest

Official Selection – Berlin Critics Week

Official Selection – Thessaloniki Film Festival

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